June 21, 2009

Ruling on Kogi guber re-run ready

By Isiaka Oyibo

LOKOJA—JUGEMENT in the legal tussle on last year’s Kogi State Governor-ship re-run election instituted against the gubernatorial victory of the incumbent Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by his political opponent and candidate of the All Nigerian Peoples party (ANPP), Prince Abubaker Audu, will be delivered tomorrow.

This development came even  as the news of the appeal court ruling which filtered into the town yesterday has now generated renewed tensions within the polity of the state.

The Court of Appeal, presided over by Justice Mohammed Rabiu Danlami, had on May 5, 2009 adjourned indefinitely judgment in the appeal following adoptions of briefs of arguments and conclusion of submissions by all the parties involved in the appeal case.

The ANPP candidate is seeking an order of the court to invalidate the results of the governorship re-run election on the grounds that it was characterised by massive irregularities by officials of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).

Confirming the date of the judgment, the Special Adviser to Governor Ibrahim Idris on Communication and Strategy, Phrank Shaubu, told newsmen in Lokoja, yesterday, that the date has been communicated to counsel of all the parties involved in the case over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the police in Kogi State has said that its men has been positioned on   red alert to deal with any one or group of persons caught in any act that might threaten the peace of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer, Onum Inalegwu said that the police were all out to forestall any ugly occurrence that may precede the ruling of the Appeal Court.